What’s the difference between low mood and depression?
A general low mood can include:
• feeling anxious or panicky
• low self-esteem
However, a low mood tends to lift after a few days or weeks.
A low mood that doesn’t go away can be a sign of depression. Symptoms of depression can include the following:
• low mood lasting two weeks or more
• not getting any enjoyment out of life
• feeling hopeless
• feeling tired or lacking energy
• not being able to concentrate on everyday things like reading the paper or watching television
• comfort eating or losing your appetite
• sleeping more than usual or being unable to sleep
• having suicidal thoughts or thoughts about harming yourself